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Killings In Ingushetia, Abductions In Chechnya Rising, Activist Says

Ingushetia-based human rights activist Magomed Mutsolgov says killings in the Russian republic are on the rise.

Mutsolgov, who represents the Ingushetian human rights watchdog Mashr, told RFE/RL's North Caucasus Service that between January and April of this year, 59 people were killed in Ingushetia, while in the same period last year only nine people were killed.

Aleksandr Cherkasov, of the Moscow-based Memorial rights group, told RFE/RL that this year 34 Chechens were abducted by unidentified armed men believed to belong to security forces.

The rights activists say most of the killings, disappearances, and reports of torture in the region are committed by security forces and are not investigated.